Pop Band Duran Duran Regroups With Original Members

By | May 12, 2001 at 12:00 AM

British pop band Duran Duran, whose million-selling hits “Rio” and “Hungry Like the Wolf” launched them to superstardom in the 1980s, are reforming with their original lineup, the group said Friday.

Simon Le Bon and Nick Rhodes will join Roger Taylor, Andy Taylor and John Taylor for the first time in 15 years to record a new album and possibly tour.

“It’s something we are very much looking forward to,” said founding member and keyboardist Rhodes in a statement.

“There has always been an incredible chemistry and musical energy when we have got together,” he said.

Duran Duran, who helped define pop and fashion in the 1980s with their coiffed hair, slick sound and exotic videos, released their first album in 1981.

They scored top 10 hits with “Hungry Like the Wolf,” “Save a Prayer” and “Rio” and have sold 60 million records.

Duran Duran’s elaborate videos, which became fan favorites on music television station MTV, made them international superstars.

After world tours and more hit albums, drummer Roger Taylor and guitarist Andy Taylor quit the group in 1985. Bassist and founding member John Taylor left in 1996.

Current Duran Duran guitarist Warren Cuccurullo, who is leaving the group, hinted earlier in the week on his Web site that the original members would embark on a small tour together.

Rhodes said: “We are all very excited about the prospect of seeing what we can create.”

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